Daily Experience

Here’s what you can see, do, and experience during regular hours at the historic fort.

Three people walking in to a building.

Self-guided tours

All day

Explore the many buildings of the historic fort, inside and out, at your own pace.

A group of visitors gathers around a tour guide on the grounds of Fort Snelling.

Guided general tour

Daily at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. (Not offered Memorial Day weekend)

Ten thousand years of history encompass this site. During a guided walking tour, learn about the many layers of content that make up the history of Historic Fort Snelling and the recreation of the stone fort and the four original buildings from the original construction. The tour is meant as a starting place for history of the site so that visitors are better enabled to explore the site on their own.

Schedules and programs subject to change.

A family listens as a Fort Snelling staff person talks about historic objects displayed on a table.

Activity stations

All day

Explore themes and topics in-depth at interpretive stations located throughout the historic site. Interpreters will engage you in activities and conversations about Dakota homeland, immigration, soldiers, race, healing, and more — helping you draw connections between past and present.

Four interpreters dressed as soldiers walk in formation.


Watch scheduled and ongoing demonstrations. Some of the demos invite you to try out activities for yourself! 

Schedules and programs subject to change.

  • All day
    Hearth cooking, blacksmithing, children's games, and a school lesson.
  • At specific times
    See schedule below.

Demonstration schedules

Demonstrations last approximately 20 minutes.

Daily demonstrations being Wednesday, June 1.


Time Activity
10:30 am Laundry
11:00 am Military Drills
11:30 am General Tour
Noon Baseball
12:30 pm Laundry
1:00 pm General Tour
1:30 pm Baseball
2:00 pm Military Drills
2:30 pm Laundry
3:00 pm General Tour